Patchouli Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Patchouli Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Pogostemon cablin

Oil Overview

Patchouli essential oil has a rich musky-sweet, strong spicy and herbaceous smell. It is light yellow to dark brown in colour and is a thick oil.

Oil Sources

Originating in Indonesia, Patchouli oil is extracted by the process of steam distillation.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

B-patchoulene, a-guaiene, caryophyllene, a-patchoulene, seychellene, a-bulnesene, norpatchoulenol, patchouli alcohol and pogostol.


Herbaceous, Spicy

Therapeutic Properties:

Antidepressant, Antiphlogistic, Antiseptic, Aphrodisiac, Astringent, Cicatrisant, Cytophylactic, Deodorant, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Fungicide, Insecticide, Insect Repellent, Sedative, Tonic

Possible Uses

Acne, Athletes Foot, Cellulite, Coldness (Physical and Emotional), Constipation, Depression, Eczema, Insect Bites, Nervousness, Scar Tissue, Skin Sores, Stress, Tension, Water Retention, Wounds



Detail of Warnings

It is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing, but the smell of patchouli oil may be a little persistent for some people and large doses may cause loss of appetite in some individuals.

Compatible Combination Oils

Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Myrrh, Orange, Sandalwood


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